Selenskyj calls for tougher sanctions: the night at a glance
The Ukrainian government warns of new offensives by Russian troops in the east of the country. Zelenskyj calls for tougher sanctions to stop the aggression. The developments at a glance.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the West to impose tougher sanctions on Russia. He called for an embargo on Russian oil and a complete exclusion of the Russian banking system from international finance.
If there is no “really painful sanctions package” and no deliveries of the weapons demanded by Kyiv to Ukraine, there will be Russia see this as “permission to advance”, said Selenskyj in a video speech published on Thursday night.
At the same time, Zelenskyy warned of a major offensive by the Russian military in eastern Ukraine. Moscow continues to build up fighting power in order to realize its ambitions in the Donbass region. The government in Kyiv already called on people in the Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv regions to flee. She expects Russian troops withdrawn from the capital, Kyiv, to be deployed in the east. Zelenskyj emphasized: “We will fight and not withdraw”. The Ukrainian military reported further fighting and attacks from the east of the country.
The Ukrainian President also called on the people of Russia to demand an end to the war. The killing of civilians in cities like Bucha occupied by Russian troops must be a decisive argument. «No one in Russia that is now not the end of the war and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukraine demands, has a future, »said Zelenskyj. Citizens should rather face the Russian repressive machine now than be “compared to Nazis” all their lives.
Eleven bodies found in Kiev suburb
In a garage in the Kiev suburbs Hostomel According to Ukrainian sources, eleven bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops. The police discovered them on Wednesday, reported Ukrajinska Pravda, citing a telegram entry by former Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Accordingly, the dead are said to be civilians who were killed by Russian soldiers. The information could not be independently verified. Northwest of the capital, Hostomel and the nearby airfield had been heavily contested since the beginning of the war. Most of the original 16,000 residents fled. According to the local military administration, around 400 residents of Hostomel were missing.
Kharkiv: No mass evacuation necessary
After calls to flee eastern Ukraine in the face of a possible major Russian offensive, the mayor of Kharkiv is trying to calm down. Neither he nor the military currently considered it necessary to conduct a centralized evacuation from the country’s second-largest city, Ihor Terekhov said in a video message.
The city of Kharkiv is well armed and ready for defense. However, the call for an evacuation applies to southern districts in the Kharkiv region. Before the war, Kharkiv had around 1.5 million inhabitants. According to the regional administration, a large part of the residents left the city in the first weeks of the war. Kharkiv has been under almost continuous air and artillery attacks since the beginning of the Russian invasion in late February.
US supplies anti-tank weapons and drones
The United States wants to support Ukraine with additional Javelin-type anti-tank weapons. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that $100 million (91.3 million euros) that the US government had approved for further arms deliveries are to be used for this purpose.
Talks are also being held with the Ukrainians about the delivery of more Switchblade drones. 100 of them have already been sent. The Switchblades are mini-drones that can circle the ground for a long time to lurk and attack a target. Then they destroy themselves.
That’s going to be important today
The foreign ministers of the 30 NATO countries are discussing further support for Ukraine and strengthening defense capabilities in the eastern alliance area this Thursday. The foreign ministers of the G7 countries also want to meet on the fringes of the meeting.
In Germany, the prime ministers of the federal states are discussing with Chancellor Olaf Scholz how the costs of caring for Ukrainian war refugees should be shared.
The UN General Assembly is to vote on suspending Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council. The EU wants to discuss another package of sanctions, which should also include an import ban on Russian coal.